The benefits and drawbacks of remote voting solutions

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Background

Electoral participation in Europe has been steadily decreasing for the past 25 years. In the last European elections, in 2014, voter turnout among young people was particularly low, with only 27.8% of 18–24 year olds voting (compared with 51.3% of over 55 year olds voting). Remote voting solutions, including internet voting, could potentially help reverse this trend.

Goals

RAND Europe, in consortium with Open Evidence, is examining the extent to which remote voting solutions are employed in the European member states, with a particular emphasis on internet voting. The research aims to identify the costs, risks and challenges associated with remote voting. The European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers commissioned the research.

Methodology

Researchers will combine primary and secondary data and qualitative and quantitative methods. Evidence will come from in-depth interviews, case studies, and online surveys, as well as a review of the academic and grey literature and national laws and documents.